Higher Education Statistics

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The Department of Education, Skills and Employment Strategy and Data Group is responsible for the collection and dissemination of statistics relating to the provision of higher education at all Australian institutions.

Background to the collection of statistics

The department manages a comprehensive set of statistics referred to as the Higher Education Statistics Collection.

Data included in the Higher Education Statistics Collection relate to:

  • courses provided by higher education institutions;
  • numbers and characteristics of students undertaking courses;
  • student load;
  • completion of units of study and courses;
  • student liability status;
  • numbers and characteristics of staff in higher education institutions;
  • income and expenditure for higher education institutions;
  • research activity; and
  • undergraduate applications, offers and acceptances.

Dissemination of data from the Higher Education Statistics Collection

The department disseminates data from the collection through statistics publications, datasets, tabulations, extracts and analyses prepared for clients.

In addition, many reports and monographs produced by the department and other agencies contain data from the collection. The data are widely used by the department, other Commonwealth and State/Territory agencies, higher education institutions, researchers and individuals in the community as a whole.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Higher Education Statistics.

Results

  1. 2018 Section 14 Award course completions

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education award course completion tables for the 2018 full year. Award course completions are conferred after the successful completion of all the academic requirements...

  2. 2018 Section 15 Attrition, success and retention

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education attrition, success and retention rate tables for the 2018 full year.

  3. 2018 Section 16 Equity performance data

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education equity performance tables for 2018 full year.

  4. 2018 Section 2 All students

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education all student enrolment tables for the 2018 full year. All students include commencing and continuing students.

  5. 2018 Section 3 Commencing student load

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education commencing student EFTSL (Equivalent Full-time Student Load) tables for the 2018 full year. Commencing students are persons who have enrolled for the first time...

  6. 2018 Section 4 All student load

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education all student EFTSL (Equivalent Full-time Student Load) tables for the 2018 full year. All students include commencing and continuing students.

  7. 2018 Section 5 Liability status categories

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education liability status categories tables for the 2018 full year. These tables provide information on a student’s status for a unit of study (Commonwealth Supported...

  8. 2018 Section 6 Indigenous students

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education indigenous student tables for the 2018 full year. Indigenous students are those who self-identify as being of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait...

  9. 2018 Section 7 Overseas students

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education overseas student tables for the 2018 full year. Overseas students includes students who have temporary entry visas, or are diplomats or a dependent of a...

  10. 2018 Section 8 Special courses

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education special courses tables for the 2018 full year. Students undertaking special courses include courses that:...

  11. 2018 Section 9 Ethnicity related data

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education ethnicity related tables for the 2018 full year. These tables provide information on country of birth and language spoken at home.

  12. 2018 Student summary infographic

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education student enrolment summary statistics for the 2018 full year.

  13. 2018 Student summary tables

    Created: 28 October 2019

    Higher education student enrolment and EFTSL (Equivalent Full-time Student Load) summary tables for the 2018 full year.

  14. Appendix 2- Student-Staff Ratios

    Created: 15 December 2017

    Appendix 2 - Student-Staff Ratios

  15. Brief Guide to Visual Analytics Using Power BI

    Created: 25 September 2018

    Brief Guide to Visual Analytics Using Power BI

  16. Completion rates of domestic bachelor students 2005 – 2012: A cohort analysis

    Created: 21 May 2014  |  Last modified: 27 March 2015

    The Department has conducted a cohort study of completion rates for domestic bachelor students. All domestic bachelor students attending Table A universities in the 2005 cohort...

  17. Completion rates of domestic bachelor students 2005-2013: A cohort analysis

    Created: 23 February 2015

    The Department has conducted a cohort study of completion rates for domestic bachelor students. All domestic bachelor students attending Table A universities in the 2005 cohort...

  18. Completion Rates of Higher Education Students- Cohort Analysis, 2005-2015

    Created: 28 November 2017

    Completion Rates of Higher Education Students - Cohort Analysis, 2005-2015

  19. Completion Rates of Higher Education Students- Cohort Analysis, 2005-2017

    Created: 8 October 2018

    Completion Rates of Higher Education Students - Cohort Analysis, 2005-2017

  20. Completion Rates of Higher Education Students- Cohort Analysis, 2005-2018

    Created: 28 August 2019

    Completion Rates of Higher Education Students - Cohort Analysis, 2005-2018.

  21. Completion rates of higher education students: Cohort analysis, 2005-2014

    Created: 18 January 2017

    This is the third release of the Department’s annual completion rate publication and includes data from 2005 to 2014. The report includes:...

  22. Completions Rates of Higher Degree by Research Students- Cohort Analysis, 2007-2017

    Created: 19 February 2020

    Completions Rates of Higher Degree by Research Students - Cohort Analysis, 2007-2017

  23. Employer Satisfaction Survey 2014 Data Dictionary

    Created: 8 July 2014

    This data dictionary provides information on the dataset produced as part of the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) Pilot Project. This project was conducted between October...

  24. Higher Education Data Committee- Terms of Reference

    Created: 10 December 2014  |  Last modified: 29 November 2017

    The Higher Education Data Committee’s Terms of Reference have been updated to reflect the new reporting requirement to the Higher Education Standards Panel

  25. Higher Education Data Protocols

    Created: 22 November 2013  |  Last modified: 16 March 2020

    The Higher Education Data Protocol sets out arrangements to ensure that disclosure of Higher Education data complies with all legal and policy requirements, with the principle...

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